Family Law

Expats Marriage For Muslim In The UAE


The UAE is witnessing an increasing number of marriage ceremonies as the country is home to millions. 

The UAE legal system is founded and guided by the Islamic religion famously known as Sharia Law. The Sharia Law regulates all private and public affairs of a person or entity in the UAE, provided that the Islamic marriages for all Muslims regardless of their nationality are governed by the Sharia Law. Like many other countries, the UAE also has some set of marriage registration requirements and procedures that every Muslim marrying couple needs to comply with.

Legal Requirements for getting married in the UAE 

  1. Consent of the bride

  2. Bride and groom must be at least 18 years old

  3. Spouse’s age should not be twice the other 

  4. Consent of the bride’s guardian is a must.

  5. Bride and Groom must be physically present 

  6. The presence of the bride’s father (Wali) or his representative or subsequent male guardian (son, then brother, then uncle) is required.

  7. Presence of two Muslim witnesses. 

  8. A divorced or widowed woman must show evidence of such status

In circumstances, where the bride is a Muslim and her father is Non-Muslim, she needs a ‘No Objection’ letter from her embassy or consulate. 

Similarly, it should be noted that Islam does not allow a Muslim Woman to marry a Non-Muslim man without the proof of his conversion to Islam. But, a Muslim man can marry a Non-Muslim woman belonging to the Christian and Jews.

If a male expat wants to marry an Emirati woman, he needs to comply with the followings: 

  • Must not be stateless

  • Must be a resident of the UAE

  • Must obtain a certificate of good conduct from the UAE

Documents Required

  1. Original and photocopies of the passports of the couple

  2. The national ID of the couple

  3. Passport or other identification papers of Bride’s father and witnesses.

  4. Passport size photo of the bride and groom

  5. At least one party to the marriage should have a residence visa in the UAE. 

  6. Positive Pre-marriage medical certificate

Marriage Registration Procedure

The UAE Judicial Department and Sharia Court or the authorized marriage officers (Mazoons) appointed by the Ministry of Justice is the authoritative body to conduct Islamic marriages in the UAE. One can visit the recently launched online eMarriage service portal and book an appointment with an authorized officer.  

Our Service

Legal Maxims Consultants is one of the leading corporate firms in the UAE that not only have experienced professionals in Dubai but also provide an array of marriage services such as:

  • Document Attestation

  • Counseling,

  • Others 

For reliable information on family affairs, don’t hesitate to contact us

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